Japan's HPV vaccination crisis set to 'kill thousands'

Australian researchers model how vaccine hesitancy can set back cervical cancer elimination

Australian heavyweights in cancer screening are urging Japanese health authorities to rapidly restore public confidence in the HPV vaccine, warning that the lives of thousands of women are at risk.


Their modelling study estimates that the vaccine hesitancy crisis, in which thousands of teenage girls have abandoned the country’s HPV immunisation program, will cause an additional 24,000-27,000 cases of cervical cancer among girls born between 1994 and 2007.

Despite having a routine and free HPV vaccination program, coverage rates dwindled over the past seven